Patio Covers That Make a Back Yard Beautiful!

Patio Covers That Make a Back Yard Beautiful!

As the weather heats up in Bakersfield, residents are always looking for ways to cool down.

The Home Magazine spoke with Jarret Jamieson, owner of Perfect Home Products. His services include customizable Patio Covers, Seamless Raingutters, patio drop down shades, and window solar screens. We asked him some questions about patio covers.

What are the most frequently asked questions that you get about patio covers?

The most common question we are asked is whether Alumawood patios are better than wood patios. Alumawood is aluminum that looks like wood. The color is baked on enamel, so you truly have a lifetime product as opposed to the regular wood where you would have to apply fresh paint every three years. Wood patios lack durability and are subject to exposure of the elements. They are also prone to wood rot. My personal preference is Alumawood. It is long lasting and requires no maintenance once it’s completed.

How long do your projects typically take?

From the initial call and request for your free in-home estimate to the completed project, the process can be completed in as little as two weeks. Typically, the entire patio installation can be completed in one day maybe two.

Are there any extra costs that can be avoided when starting a patio project?

Everything is priced out during our free-in home estimate, so once the price is confirmed at your appointment there are no surprise costs. It is helpful to consider what type of electrical work you would like to have done. For instance, think about what you would like to use this space for – will you need ceiling fans, lights, a TV? We can take care of all of your needs at the time of installation so that you won’t need to have an electrician come out later.

Are there permits that need to be considered when building a patio?

Yes, all permitting is taken care of through our services, the customer doesn’t need to get involved at all. We can also help to complete any confusing Home Owner’s Association applications.

What are some of the benefits of having a completed patio?

Our Patio Covers provide shade and comfort for outdoor spaces. This gives homeowners the ability to enjoy activities such as eating and relaxing in their backyard. Adding a patio cover also increases the value of your home significantly.

What sets you apart from your competitors?

Perfect Home Products has a strong record of customer satisfaction. Furthermore, we offer great quality and excellent service. We also back up all our work with a lifetime warranty. If there is ever a problem we will come back and fix it for free – covering labor and materials. This gives the customer the peace of mind of knowing that if there is ever a problem, we are happy to take care of it.

What do you want the readers to know about your products?

How beautiful our products are, and how much they can complement your home. Once the project is finished it is maintenance free. We are the only company that offers a full showroom so you can see our patios, as well as the various choices and options you have to complete the design and gets inspiration for your home.

There are also photographs on our website of every service that we provide. You can easily request a free in-home consultation and estimate for your project on the site.

What are some compliments you have received from customers who have used your services?

The most common compliments we receive are that we show up on time, we communicate well with our customers, and the job is perfect once it is completed. Customer satisfaction is the greatest compliment a business owner can receive. It is what helps us stand apart from everyone else.

What else would like our readers to know about Perfect Home Products?

We started in Kern County, and I have owned the business for over 12 years. We take great pride in our work. Our team is experienced and will work to get your project completed on schedule and stay on budget. Also, we have a beautiful showroom and are happy to come out for a free in-home consultation and estimate, at your convenience.

Jarret Jamieson

Owner

Perfect Home Products

Bakersfield’s Premier Luxury Real Estate Team – Prestige Properties

Bakersfield’s Premier Luxury Real Estate Team – Prestige Properties

We spoke with Bart Tipton, founder, and team leader, from Prestige Properties to learn more about Bakersfield’s #1 real estate team with a specialization in luxury real estate and how they can help you find or sell your home.

Tell us about your experience in the real estate industry?

Real estate has always been a passion of mine. I was a pharmacist and business owner for 20 years, and I enjoyed helping others through the pharmacy but felt something was missing. As an entrepreneur and someone that enjoys meeting and helping new people, I realized that being a real estate agent/broker was the perfect match for my personality while meeting my goals as a businessman. Growing another business from scratch and becoming one of the most successful real estate teams in Bakersfield has been rewarding. I, along with my dynamic real estate teams, have closed over 200 million dollars in real estate the past four years.

What separates you from your competitors?

Prestige Properties is Bakersfield’s go-to-team for higher-end homes. Our commitment to extraordinary customer service, proven marketing skills, and ability to manage the sales process effectively make us one of the most sought-after real estate teams in the Central Valley. Our goal is to obtain your desired results with the best personal service available. Team Tipton will not set your project aside while others are completed. Instead, we keep things moving towards getting your home sold or finding your new one.

We amassed a team of intelligent, honest, and hard-working individuals with unique skill sets for problem-solving that benefits you. One of Prestige Properties’ Team Tipton’s best advantages over other agents is having a specialized team for every step. For example, our Transaction Coordinator, Jackie Sorenson, is the best in the business and ensures that all the necessary paperwork and details are taken care of.

What are some new trends in real-estate?

Real estate agents used to be the gatekeepers for potential buyers to view homes. Now anyone can look at homes online. With all the real estate websites available today, we have evolved into a more professional advisor/consulting role that helps our clients make the best decisions. Buying and selling a home is usually the largest transaction someone is involved with in their lifetime. Therefore, having a competent professional present to guide you is imperative so that you can make educated decisions that result in a great experience.

What compliments has your business received lately?

It’s gratifying to hear our clients say how smooth our process was, and how they’re eager to recommend our services to their friends and family. Having our clients realize the amount of hard work that goes on behind the scenes while making their life simplified is also great to hear.

What can people expect during the process of selling their homes?

Putting your home on the market is a big step. Don’t worry! Prestige Properties takes care of everything. By reviewing the items below, you will know what to expect during the process:

1) We will assist you with deciding your asking price, marketing your home to qualified buyers, completing the required transaction documents, and negotiating with buyers who submit an offer to purchase your home.

2) We help you determine the best time to place your home on the market by researching comparable properties, considering current local market conditions, and assessing your reasons for selling.

3) When placing your home on the market, Prestige Properties will help make your home more attractive to potential buyers.

4) Once an offer is made, we will review the offer with you to help prepare a response to that offer. Our strong negotiating skills and knowledge of this process will better help you reach the right agreement.

5) With our assistance, you may accept, counter or decline the purchase offer. This process may take anywhere from a few days to a week, depending on the time deadlines specified in your response to the buyer’s offer.

6) Escrow is opened, and the buyer’s earnest money will be deposited at this time.

7) The buyer will work to satisfy contingencies to the purchase agreement, such as obtaining a property inspection and an appraisal. You will work with your real estate professional to ensure that all of the transaction documents are completed and provided to the buyer for review.

8) When all conditions of the purchase agreement have been met, you will sign all of the closing documents. When the buyer’s lender funds the loan and the mortgage in the home is paid, the transaction is complete!

What else should our readers know about your business?

We pride ourselves on knowing the market we serve and our personal service we provide to our clients is incomparable. Our clients are not numbers, but people we develop a lifelong relationship with that can depend on us to answer any questions that arise in the future.

The Difference in Handcrafted, Custom Built Mattresses – Slagle’s Mattresses

The Difference in Handcrafted, Custom Built Mattresses

We sat down with Eric Slagle, owner of Slagle’s Mattresses

Can you tell us about your experience in the mattress industry?

I started nearly 30 years ago in the mattress business, both manufacturing, and retail sales. My wife, Kim, does all the hard work – office, accounting, and payroll. I manage, design, manufacture and sell the finished product. We’re a family-owned business that builds with pride and a sense of responsibility to the community we so proudly serve.

What’s the difference in your hand built custom made a mattress and all the national brands other retail stores sell?

At Slagle’s Mattress, every mattress we sell is handcrafted and custom built. Many of the techniques we use have been around for decades, but modern technology has been unable to improve upon. Most manufacturers have actually cut quality and incorporated practices to ensure their mattresses don’t last as long. At Slagle’s, we still build double-sided, beds that can be flipped with the highest quality USA-made components we can find to ensure years of comfortable use.

Do you build custom size mattresses?

Yes, odd size and special orders are always welcome. For antiques, boats, truckers and especially RV beds. Any size, any shape, any comfort level, even round or split top mattresses for adjustable beds.

What recommendations do you offer people who are looking for beds?

I first try to find out if the customer is a side, stomach, or back sleeper. That will help me direct them to a more suitable mattress. If there is chronic lower back pain or maybe acid reflux or snoring issues, that customer may be needing an adjustable (head up, foot up) type bed. The beauty of having a local factory on site is that it enables us to customize the chosen mattress to suit the customer’s needs. Different color fabric, higher or lower style boxes, even subtle enhancements in firmness or softness, nearly all mattresses can be customized in this manner.

What separates you from your competitors?

A mass produced bed can hardly compare to a handcrafted custom built one. Whereas a lot of national brands look for ways to cut quality by shopping globally for cheaper components, we’ll gladly pay a bit more to buy higher quality USA-made components and bed frames. Their labor is on piece work, they can’t take the needed time to build each mattress set as if their last name is on it, as mine is.

What are new trends in the mattress industry?

Memory foam has been hot, both literally and figuratively. It lacks breath

ability so the industry has started infusing it with cooling gels. Some folks that are chemically sensitive have issues with the off-gassing of these chemicals in memory foam. At Slagle’s, we carry memory foams and hybrids but have a preference for the 100% natural Latex. It’s far more breathable, resilient, comfortable and better for the environment. We make a large selection of latex mattresses from pillow soft to extra firm.

What compliment have you received lately?

I feel so blessed and humbled to have the abundant amount of referrals we get. We’ve even delivered throughout the state to folks that have been referred to our quality, comfort, or ability to customize individual needs or desires. We’ve had an A+ with the Better Business Bureau for nearly 25 years, and been voted and acknowledged as one of the best mattress stores in Bakersfield for several years running now.

Anything else you want to tell readers about your business?

I encourage everyone to come see and feel the difference a handcrafted mattress can make in their lives, and witness for themselves why the national brands just can’t compare. From our family to yours, “REST ASSURED.”

“It’s fulfilling to me that for up to 90% of the mattresses, I’m the finishing touch. I enjoy it. I’m the last step of quality control, and I get to look at it and make sure it’s done right.” 

Eric Slagle

Owner, 

Slagle’s Mattress Factory

Counter Top Trends & Four Questions to Ask Your Contractor

Counter Top Trends & Four Questions to Ask Your Contractor

Our talk with Armando Trevino of Stone Crafters! 


The most common question about countertops is “What are my options?” For the environment and maximizing home resale value, granite, and quartz are the most popular options. So, what’s the difference?

Granite ranges in types and price from entry-level to exotic. The difference is in the look. An entry-level granite is more uniform in design. An exotic granite has more variation and may have more intense or distinct colors. Good quality granite has an epoxy resin that is vacuum sealed onto the stone, meaning that there is an actual coating on granite that makes it impenetrable to stains.

Quarts is a non-porous material that consists of 89% granite and 11% resin. The beauty of quarts is that you can get colors that mimic marble in white and greys that are simply not available in granite. You can get quarts with veins (the kind the looks like marble) for about the same cost as exotic granite Beyond the material, you will need to choose details such as the type of edge on the countertop.

It’s important to do your homework before hiring a contractor. Check state license board as well as social media sites to start. Here are 4 questions we asked when shopping around for a company to help with your kitchen:

1. How long have you been in the business? What about your employees?

Stone Crafters is celebrating 21 years of experience in this business. And some of the employees on my team have bee working with stone countertops for over 30 years. Countertops are never a one-person job. Ask about the team.

2. What level of detail do you provide?

Some contractors only provide one part of the total project. Ideally, you want a contractor who is responsible for all of the details before, during and after installation.

“There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do to make a job right – my job is to make you happy. Isn’t that the way it should be?”

For example, I tell people, “I come with the job.” When someone signs a contract, I help them source all of the materials that they need — the stone and backsplash. We’ll talk about the faucets, stove top, or other related appliances. It saves time to have everything ready to go before the start date. That is the key — making sure that everything is lined up and that you aren’t waiting for anything.

3. What is the schedule for the work? 

The time it takes to install new countertops varies widely by the contractor. For us, the average kitchen remodel is one week from start to finish. Monday is a busy day – demolition to rip out existing tile, take down the bare cabinet, remove old tile, take it to the dump and dispose of it. Then, we make templates using modern technology to recreate your exact kitchen. Tuesday through Thursday is when we create your kitchen in the shop. we don’t need to be in your home. Friday – our team takes care of the installation the job is complete. Be sure and ask about the schedule so that your kitchen isn’t torn up any longer than it has to be.

4. Why are you the best for the job? 

It’s always interesting to hear what people have to say about their work, and it helps you understand if this is a person you want to do business with. It’s important to me to help people make decisions that they won’t regret later, and I make sure that they are happy. I also help my clients save money by passing along savings on material in the form of various discounts that I receive from my vendors. There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do to make a job right — my job is to make you happy. Isn’t that the way it should be? 

Pot Imports Will Beautify Your Home or Backyard

Let’s Beautify Your Home or Backyard With Pot Imports

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Home Magazine sat down with Noam Schimler to learn more about the eclectic products and services that they offer, as well as how they came to create their business, Pot Imports.

How did you get started in the pottery business?

We started this business about 20 years ago in the local Clovis-Fresno area. Throughout the years, we have purchased pottery from different parts of the world. Also, we visit the factories that produce the pottery to learn the process of what it takes to make a piece of art. Every piece is unique in that it is actually made from different types of earth soil. Our works of art are shaped by expert artisans from all over the world who create with various, high-quality materials. Our goal is that you connect with and find a pottery piece that resonates with you.

What services does Pot Imports offer?

Just about any walk-in customer is amazed by the sheer size of our inventory that is offered to the general public and landscape companies, interior designers, etc. We proudly carry thousands of different pottery items to choose from, like pots, vases, statues, birdbaths, wall fountains, decorative items for your home or your yard, and much more. Come on in and search through all kinds of unique pottery, from hand-crafted pieces to ceramic pieces. Each piece has its own style, and we are sure you will discover one that will catch your eye. Every pottery item we carry, no matter the shape, size or color, has a story and when you take it home with you, you become a part of that story too.

What separates you from your competitors?

We truly believe that the customer should be treated as a friend; therefore, we demonstrate hospitality on a daily basis to all customers by offering them a unique policy in our industry, an exchange policy for life which cannot be matched by anybody that we know of. Under certain circumstances, we are even willing to come to your home to give you FREE advice if you are not sure about color, size or if you simply need general ideas. We can help you find your ideal pottery collection that suits your personality and your space. It is our goal to supply you with a piece that will give you a lifetime of charm and joy.

What advice would you give to a customer when it comes to choosing the right pottery product?

Not all pottery is the same, and surely, they’re not all made from the same material. Therefore, we highly recommend that all our customers tell us about the placement of the item they intend to purchase first.

What else should our readers know about Pot Imports?

In 2001, we created the custom bubbling pot fountain, and since then, we have sold thousands of them throughout the Valley and the entire state of California. Our custom bubbling pot fountain is the perfect fit for your courtyard, front yard, or backyard space. On top of that, we offer our customers’ fountain installation and repair for a reasonable fee. We also hold customer merchandise for up to 6 months in our secure facility FREE of charge.

If you want to learn more about Pot Imports.

We hope that you visit our warehouse, and whether you purchase something or not, we appreciate you sharing your experience with others because that’s how we get 80% of all business coming through our doors. Call us at (559) 230-0605. Stop by our warehouse at 3619 N Hazel Ave, in Fresno, California and we will be happy to help you.


Elite Home Improvements Can Build You A Bath System That Lasts A Lifetime

Home Magazine sat down with Jim Whittington to learn more about the unique products and services that he offers, as well as how he came to create his business, Elite Home Improvements Inc.

How did you get started in the Home Improvement business?

I have had my contractor’s license since 1979. I built the Icardo Center at California State University, Bakersfield, as well as the Mervyn’s Shopping Center. I had not considered going into the home improvement business until a couple of years ago when I had solar put onto my home and I got ripped off. I decided that I did not want what happened to me to happen to anyone else, so I started a Whittington Solar. Soon after I came to realize that my customers were in need of additional services for other areas of their home. I knew that I could provide quality products at a fair price.

What services does Elite Home Improvement offer?

We specialize in low-maintenance, energy-efficient upgrades for your home that beautify and increase your property value and save you money! From energy-efficient replacement windows and doors that keep pleasant temperatures in and noise pollution out, to low maintenance exterior coatings, Elite Home Improvements has premium quality solutions. We also utilize the latest technology in solar, patio covers, sunrooms, garden rooms, outdoor kitchens, and professional bathroom remodels.

Can you tell us more about your bathroom remodels?

We are introducing a new product to Central California! We are the exclusive dealer of Sentrel Bath Systems. These products give our clients the high-end look of natural stone, granite or marble wall panels. Sentrel offers the look of stone without any of the cost or upkeep.  It has a lifetime warranty and is watertight, which means it looks new forever and is easy to clean!

Sentrel is a bathroom wall surround system made from a multi-layered composite material that is designed to be an affordable and low maintenance option for stone and granite wet-wall bathroom installations.

We can do any design, whether it is single showers, double showers, bathtubs or a handicap accessible bath system. We can demo your existing bath system and turn it from a bath to a shower, and vice versa.

We have many options for the inside of your shower. There are over 30 colors and patterns to choose from. Additional options for your bath system include: recess shelving, handicap accessibility, and various shower doors. We can even demo your existing tub and make it into a shower and vice versa. Your new bath system includes custom shower doors and plumbing features and we have lots of different fixtures to choose from including various finishes such as chrome, brushed nickel.

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What are some of the benefits of a Sentrel bathroom?

  1. Sentrel costs much less than natural stone and is often less expensive than other bathroom remodeling products.
  2. Sentrel is much more hygienic than natural stone because it is impervious to water, bacteria, mold, and mildew. So long, sealants!
  3. Because Sentrel is simple to customize during on-site installation, it is easily adapted to bathrooms of all configurations.
  4. When it comes to durability, Sentrel is scratch resistant and made to last. In fact, it’s twice as thick as most acrylic and fiberglass surrounds.
  5. Sentrel products installed by approved dealers are backed by a Lifetime Warranty.
  6. Sentrel products are American made.

How long does installation take?

Our turnaround time is very fast. We often manage a one week turn around, although this depends on the fixture and custom door selection, as well as what we have in stock at the time of your order.

What else should our readers know about your business?

Right now, we are offering 1-year financing with no payment or interest!

What separates you from your competitors?

We deliver energy efficient improvements and the highest level of craftsmanship and customer service. My team has over 40 years of experience and they all work in-house. We believe that reliability is key, which is why we back our work and products with a Lifetime Warranty! We constantly receive compliments about our great communication with our clients. Most of our business comes from customer referrals when customers share their positive experience with friends and family.

If you want to learn more about the Sentrel Bath System or bathroom remodeling by Elite Home Improvements Inc.

Call us at (661) 396-9970. Stop by our showroom at 4415 Yeager Way, Suite 200 in Bakersfield, California and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Selecting the Right Garage Door For Your Home

Selecting the Right Garage Door For Your Home

Home Magazine recently interviewed Roman Ruiz of King Door Co. to learn about the very best garage doors.

#1 Can you describe King Door Co. Inc. as a business?

King Door is a locally owned garage door store which was established in 1985 by Roman Ruiz. We have 14 employees who support 9 spouses and 25 children in the community. King Door also supports local charities like The Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Special Olympics, and various veteran charities. We espouse core values such as “honesty is the best policy, “Quality as if family,” “Accountable for our actions,” and others. Visit our Website www.kingdoor.com for more information.

#2 What types of services does King Door offer?

We are Customer Service Specialists. We offer sales, service and installation of commercial and residential garage doors and openers along with annual maintenance discount programs. In addition, we offer Clopay high-end entry doors which complement the Clopay garage doors we sell. King Door is excited about our new product the Versa-Lift, a push-button storage solution. Stop by our design center to see all these products at 7450 District Blvd.

We also assist with design selection. First, customers bring photos of their homes. And then we download them into our computer, which allows us to insert different door sections. We made our process fun and easy to help customers make the right garage door decision for their home.

#3 What separates King Door from your competition?

We have a 4000 square foot design center with a variety of working garage doors and openers. Our design center helps customers choose their selection. Also, same day service is big! When your car gets trapped inside the garage, you need assistance now! Therefore, it is vital that a King Door customer service rep answers the phone Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our customers won’t have to deal with an answering machine or an out-of-town operator.

Our technicians are continually trained and tested on products and customer service. Customers shouldn’t have to reschedule with us because we don’t have the part they need. Therefore, our trucks are fully stocked, and our parts get replenished every morning. We conduct random truck inspections to ensure we do not disappoint the customer.

When it comes to employment, King Door provides uniforms and pays a higher rate than most in our industry. We offer 100% medical benefits, matching 401K, up to 3 weeks paid vacation, annual bonuses, 7 paid holidays, and employees get all major holidays and birthdays off with pay – we call this a “celebration of life day.”

#4 What new trends and products should we know about?

There is a significant demand for modern looks, and we meet these demands by offering the modern steel collection from Clopay, and the high-end glass doors called the Avante collection. The Avante collection offers several glass selections such as frosted, white laminate, mirrored, etc. The faux wood remains a big seller. People love the look and low maintenance of these products. In addition, customers love the insulation value (up to 18 R-value) of these products. Even though real wood needs annual maintenance, King Door remains partial to it because there’s nothing like it.

The opener manufacturers do a great job of keeping up with technology; they have quiet DC motors, battery backup units, internet and Wi-Fi technology. As a bonus feature, they also offer a wall button panel which gives the time and temperature. Great job, Lift Master!

#5 What are some misconceptions about your products?

Some misconception homeowners have is that they think their garage door does not need regular maintenance. We hear people say, “If my garage door moves up and down, it must be fine.” However, your garage door is the largest moving product in your home, and it needs maintenance like any other moving product.

#6 What advice would you give to a Homeowner when it comes to choosing a garage door company?

Ask questions, use common sense, and check for a license and address. Use a company which pays its technicians an hourly wage. Some doors sold at King Door are commissioned but not the parts. Some companies pay their employees by the hour and up to a 17% commission on replacement parts; this way of paying employees can lead to parts being replaced that don’t need replacing. Customers can read articles regarding this growing trend on our website at www.kingdoor.com.

Thank you to all of our customers. We sincerely appreciate your support and your business. Stop by our booth at the home and garden show!

Hot Tubs for Health and Relaxation

Hot Tubs for Health and Relaxation

The Home Magazine sat down with Dennis and Claudia Wilkerson of Hot Tubs Plus to learn about their new business as well as the brand of Hot Tubs that they carry and the benefits of having a hot tub in your home.

Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your decision to open Hot Tubs Plus?

We have been in the pool and spa service and repair business for almost 25 years as owners of California Chemical of Bakersfield.  It is because of our extensive background in water chemistry and repair that we thought hot tubs would be a natural addition to our family operated business.

How did you decide on the Sundance Spa product?

We have been extensively researching hot tub manufacturers for the last three years.  We wanted to make sure that we were doing business with a manufacturer that holds our same values in regard to standing behind their product.  We spoke to various servicemen in the industry, to understand which hot tubs were the most dependable and the easiest companies to work with when it came to warranty work.  We kept hearing one name that stood out more than the others, and that was Sundance Spas.  A good product is only as good as the company representing it.

Tell us a little about Sundance Spas?

Sundance is one of the leading brands in innovation and hydro-therapy.  They have patented Fluidix Jets that simulate hands-on massage and are positioned to reach pressure points used in reflexology and acupuncture.  They have an easy water management program that filters seven times more water per minute than typical spas, which means that the owner spends less time on maintenance.  Sundance also uses smart technology so that you can control your spa, on select models, from a smart device – including maintenance.  Many of these spas also include aromatherapy capabilities.  We have a wide variety of models to choose from, including the two top sellers.

You mentioned hydrotherapy and aromatherapy, can you elaborate?

Hydrotherapy is the use of water to treat ailments.  Relaxing in a hot tub increases circulation, which increases healing.  It helps loosen the muscles around the spine and increases blood flow.  Aromatherapy is the use of scents to enhance a feeling of well-being.  Sundance was the first hot tub manufacturer to combine aromatherapy with hydrotherapy, without lessening water quality.  Sundance® Sunscents ™ are injected into the bubbles and released when they come to the surface. I like to say that our hot tubs are not only good for the body, but are great for the soul as well.

What is some of the feedback that you have had from your customers in this first month?

We have heard a variety of results that have included sleeping more soundly, relief from aches and pains, and the ability to un-plug with the family at the end of the day.  It truly is an opportunity to sit and relax with your family and shut-down the outside noise, and relax in your own backyard.  Plus it’s like you have a personal massage therapist at home!

What else should our readers know about you?

We are a family owned business that operates with integrity.  We stand behind our product and our work.  We have a beautiful showroom that allows you to get a feel for our product.   When you buy a hot tub from us, you will deal with us through every step of the process, from the initial purchase to the final delivery to your home.  The pricing of our hot tubs includes the cover, stairs, starter pack of chemicals, as well as standard delivery and set up (in the greater Bakersfield area).  We also offer financing, and frequently have 0% APR offers.  We hope that you will stop by and see us, so that we can answer all your questions.

Dennis & Claudia Wilkerson

Owners

Hot Tubs Plus

Hawley’s Window Coverings

Hawley’s Window Coverings

Enhance curb appeal while transforming interior spaces

Bakersfield Home talked with Devin Gardea at Hawley’s Window Coverings to learn about their long-standing Kern County business.

Can you tell us about your experience in your industry?

We opened in 1979 to serve Kern County and the surrounding areas. James Hawley was a drapery installer for other companies and wanted to open his own business. He’s still our owner today, so we have 38 years’ experience in window coverings!

What type of services do you provide?

We offer any kind of window covering you can imagine. Today, customers mostly want shutters, shades, blinds and some draperies. Shutters are popular for their modern, clean look. Roman and roller shades are good for a soft touch instead of a hard covering. They’re a different look that give people options for style and effect. We provide a wide range of quality brands, such as Skandia Window Fashions, Sunland Shutters, Graber, Hunter Douglas, Mariak and many more. We also have experienced staff that install the window coverings.

What separates you from your competitors?

I would say that our primary difference is our longevity in the business and experience in this market since 1979. Our experience provides the insight that helps us provide quite accurate estimates with the first measuring. We have a showroom and a store front on Easton Dr. for customers to see many different working samples. And, we’re a local, family-owned company.

Are there any misperceptions about the window coverings business that you want to clarify?

People sometimes think that they can’t afford custom window coverings. But we do a good job of working within a customer’s budget. Window coverings are more reasonably priced than people think. And when we meet with a customer, we measure and always do a free in-home estimate. The best part of making an appointment for us to come measure and give an estimate is that there’s nothing to worry about from start to finish; it takes the DIY measurement anxiety out of the equation. Then, we can talk about options and work out the details.

What are some design tips that make a huge difference?

We recommend staying neutral. You want the flexibility of having window coverings last through changes that you make, such as painting your walls a different color or buying new furniture with a different pattern or color. The window coverings enhance the look of the room, but they’re in the background.

What new ideas, trends and products should we be looking forward to in window coverings ?

Some people hear vinyl and think, ‘ugh.’ But vinyl shutters have come a long way in the last few years Vinyl isn’t plastic; it is a solid vinyl composite material that look very similar to wood. Customers like the fact that vinyl shutters have a 25 year warranty.

Many home owners are looking for energy efficiency in all areas of their home – do you have tips related to window coverings?

Anything that creates a dead air space helps to save energy, such as shutters and cellular shades. Shutters are great for insulating because of the space between the shutter and window. The dead air space creates a buffer that traps warm air in the summer before it gets into the room. In the winter, the cold outside air doesn’t get through to the interior. The same principle is true for cellular shades because they have a ‘honey comb’ structure that creates a buffer between the window and room interior.

Do you have any suggestions for simple upgrades?

2” or 2.5” wood or faux-wood (vinyl made to look like wood) blinds can make an immediate impact in a room for a reasonable price. It’s an attractive “shutter” look for a lesser cost. The blinds come with a very nice decorative valance. The faux-wood blinds are also easy to care for.

What would you like to communicate to our readers about your business?

We’re grateful to be in business for 38 years with the same owner, and are happy to estimate window coverings for any client. Customers will find us to be competitively priced, and we can usually get out to do an estimate and measure within a few days of getting a call. The nice part about having one of our trained professionals measure is that IF there is any mistake in sizing, it’s our mistake to fix and not the customer’s responsibility.

Devin Gardea

Hawley’s Window Coverings

A Hand Crafted Mattress

The Difference in Handcrafted, Custom Built Mattresses

Q&A with Eric Slagle, owner of Slagle’s Mattress Factory.

Can you tell us about your experience in the mattress industry?

I started nearly 30 years ago in the mattress business, both manufacturing and retail sales. My wife, Kim, does all the hard work – office, accounting, and payroll. I manage, design, manufacture and sell the finished product. We’re a family-owned business that builds with pride and a sense of responsibility to the community we so proudly serve.

What’s the difference in your hand built custom made mattress and all the national brands other retail stores sell?

At Slagle’s Mattress, every mattress we sell is handcrafted and custom built. Many of the techniques we use have been around for decades, but modern technology has been unable to improve upon. Most manufacturers have actually cut quality and incorporated practices to ensure their mattresses don’t last as long. At Slagle’s, we still build double sided, flippable beds with the highest quality USA-made components we can find to ensure years of comfortable use.

Do you build custom size mattresses?

Yes, odd size and special orders are always welcome. For antiques, boats, truckers and especially RV beds. Any size, any shape, any comfort level, even round or split top mattresses for adjustable beds.

What recommendations do you offer people who are looking for beds?

I first try to find out if the customer is a side, stomach, or back sleeper. That will help me direct them to a more suitable mattress. If there is chronic lower back pain or maybe acid reflux or snoring issues, that customer may be needing an adjustable (head up, foot up) type bed. The beauty of having a local factory on site is that it enables us to customize the chosen mattress to suit the customer’s needs. Different color fabric, higher or lower style boxes, even subtle enhancements in firmness or softness, nearly all mattresses can be customized in this manner.

What separates you from your competitors?

A mass produced bed can hardly compare to a handcrafted custom built one. Whereas a lot of national brands look for ways to cut quality by shopping globally for cheaper components, we’ll gladly pay a bit more to buy higher quality USA-made components and bed frames. Their labor is on piece work, they can’t take the needed time to build each mattress set as if their last name is on it, as mine is.

What are new trends in the mattress industry?​

Memory foam has been hot, both literally and figuratively. It lacks breath

ability so the industry has started infusing it with cooling gels. Some folks that are chemically sensitive have issues with the off-gassing of these chemicals in memory foam. At Slagle’s, we carry memory foams and hybrids but have a preference for the 100% natural Latex. It’s far more breathable, resilient, comfortable and better for the environment. We make a large selection of latex mattresses from pillow soft to extra firm.

What compliment have you received lately?

I feel so blessed and humbled to have the abundant amount of referrals we get. We’ve even delivered throughout the state to folks that have been referred to our quality, comfort, or ability to customize individual needs or desires. We’ve had an A+ with the Better Business Bureau for nearly 25 years, and been voted and acknowledged as one of the best mattress stores in Bakersfield for several years running now.

Anything else you want to tell readers about your business? ​

I encourage everyone to come see and feel the difference a handcrafted mattress can make in their lives, and witness for themselves why the national brands just can’t compare.

From our family to yours, “REST ASSURED.”